Florida Tech launches new Ph.D. in aviation sciences

MELBOURNE, Fla. — The Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics (COA) will launch a new doctoral program, a Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences, beginning in the 2013 fall semester.

This new program includes seven areas of specialization to prepare new doctoral graduates to meet the challenges of aviation research in the 21st century, according to officials.

The curriculum consists of a minimum of 51 semester credit hours with three main components:

  • An 18-hour core study program of research design, statistics and aviation courses;
  • A 12-hour program with areas of aviation specialization chosen by the student; concentrations are available in human factors, safety, airport development and management, education and training, organizational development, operations research, and environmental/sustainability and meteorology; and
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of dissertation research in the area of specialization

“This announcement is a historic moment for the Florida Tech College of Aeronautics,” said Vice President for Aviation Programs and Dean of the College Ken Stackpoole. “We are very pleased to offer this new Ph.D. in aviation sciences program to leading candidates who seek outstanding careers in academia, government and the aviation industry.”

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The university has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges and recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best college for return on investment in Florida. A recent survey by PayScale.com ranks Florida Tech as the top university in Florida for salary potential. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education.

For more information: FIT.edu.


  1. says

    It seems to me that for decades aviation, GA and commercial, has been “top heavy” on technology rather than “business” – we don’t need more gifted wizards here – what is needed in a rational SERIOUS business approach first; and combined with the technical sciences in that order. Real world example: The “Flying Car” – any PRACTICAL market for it?

  2. Curious George says

    It would be a nice touch for the author of the announcement to include contact information, or at least a website for more information and followup…

    • Fritz Katz says

      George…didn’t your version include the final paragraph of

      “For more information: FIT.edu”

      which “One click” hyperlinked to



      I’m fairly certain that for $$$ additional (less than ERAU) you can add that ATP to your existing commercial while there if desired
      (excellent flying weather and their modern college fleet includes Piper fixed gear singles, Arrows, seminoles, 172s,Citabria, Frasca sims, etc)
      but really not required for most of the degree concentrations like airport management

      Hell, if they give graduation/core credit for complete coursework toward prior incomplete PhD’s (doesn’t everyone have a couple of those?) I’m signing up !

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